For one thing, rotaries are practically immune to the kind of failure that causes nightmares for piston engine power; while a piston mechanism might seize up and cause all sorts of damage, failure in a rotary engine simply means a limited amount of power until the heart finally dies out (via NationalSpeedInc).
This perk is accompanied by wicked potential for torquey power, though every pro comes with a con or two – and in the rotary engine’s case, obscenely high oil consumption eventually led to the engines being banned from British racing in 1995.
“The CR700W is the latest incarnation of the twin rotor racer, developed by Brian Crighton with Norton in the late 1980s,” states an article from MCN.
“After dominating British racing in JPS livery in the early 1990s, it famously won the 1992 Senior TT with Steve Hislop then the British championship in revised ‘Roton’ guise and Duckhams colours in 1994.”
Today, Crighton’s 700W means 690cc’s stuffed into a dry weight of under 130kg – more than enough power in the equations to get the job done, as long as you have the right rider for the job.
Rotron Executive Chairman, Gilo Cardozo, is excited to provide the bike to their customers, the last five of which will be clients from the UK – and that goal starts with breaking a speed record or two.
“We want to ensure it can do over 200mph so we’re doing tests now to work out what we need to do,” Cardozo, tells MCN.